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Charades is a parlor or group game that revolves around word guessing. Find out the rules on how to play charades and the best categories to play.

Party & Drinking Games — January 7, 2020

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How to play Charades?

Charades is a game for people of all ages and all group sizes.

The objective of charades is to guess a word or phrase that another player is acting out.

The player is not allowed to talk, while he is acting out the word or phrase. Usually, the word or phrase is handed to the player acting out first, but instead of a slip of paper, you can use an app.

Here is a step by step guide how to play charades:

1. Divide players into even teams

To make the game even more fun, you can divide the players up into different teams, who can then guess against each other.

The objective is to get your teammates to guess the answer using only gestures. Having people compete in teams adds to the fun, as the opposing team can come up with the words or phrases to guess.

2. Write the phrases or words to guess slips of paper

Both teams need to write down common words or phrases on slips of paper. These words or phrases will be given to the opposite team to draw at random when it’s their turn.

Usually, the words or phrases are limited to categories that the teams agree upon before it starts.

Category ideas for charades:

Some category ideas to pick your charades from. It is a good idea to chose words or phrases from a few categories and provide the category to your teammates before the clock starts.

  • Animals
  • Activities
  • Things
  • Movies
  • TV shows
  • Song titles
  • Book titles

Long phrases and foreign phrases are usually not allowed. When in doubt, ask your teammates. If at least half have heard it before, it should be fine.

3. Fold the paper slips and put them in a container

Fold each of the slips of paper, so that the word or phrase is hidden. Put these slips in a container. Give your container with your words or phrases to the opposing team and get theirs.

Usually, you can use a basket as a container, but you can also just use an empty glass. Just make sure the opposing team can’t read the slips.

4. Select a starting team and set a time limit

Flip a coin to determine which team goes first.

Set a time limit, depending on how confident you are. We usually use a ** 2-minute time limit.**

If the team is able to guess word or phrase within the time limit, the team scores a point

If the team fails to guess the word or phrase within the time limit, the team scores no point.

After one team guesses right or the time runs out, it’s the other teams turn to play.

Additional rules for Charades

To make it really competitive, you can play a best of three and agree on something the losing team has to do before the game starts.

Provide additional information to your team before the game starts:

  • The category
  • The number of words in the phrase
  • Give a thumbs up for a correct word of a phrases
  • Indicate with your finger which word of the phrase was correct
  • Indicate if your team is on the right track by pointing a finger to your nose

Ideas for easy Charades

Here are some easy words and phrases to play charades. It is not necessary to provide the category to your team, as it should be easy to guess them.

  • Soccer
  • Cycling
  • Watching TV
  • Playing the piano
  • Playing the guitar
  • Swimming
  • Running
  • Flying
  • Sleeping
  • Making pancakes
  • Listening to music
  • Driving a car
  • Writing a letter
  • Skiing
  • Giving a haircut
  • Typing on a keyboard
  • Eating
  • Mowing the lawn
  • Putting on makeup
  • Shuffle
  • Fart
  • Archer
  • Shoelaces
  • Ballet
  • Banana peel
  • Skateboard
  • Hungry
  • Slippery
  • Hurt
  • Button
  • Ice skating
  • Strong
  • Karate
  • Surprise
  • Macarena
  • Sword
  • Harry Potter

Ideas for hard charades

Here are some hard charade words. It is more fun if you provide your teammates with a category that the word or phrase belongs to like movies, activity, animal or things. Otherwise, it will be insanely hard for the team to guess the word or phrase.

  • Horror Movie
  • Backstroke
  • Rollercoaster
  • Treadmill
  • Flying in a plane through turbulence
  • Sleeping in a hammock
  • Flashlight
  • Nightmare
  • Waterfall
  • Garden
  • Nosey
  • Window
  • Giraffe
  • Overwhelmed
  • Yo-yo
  • Cooking meat
  • Listening to classical music
  • Playing Super Mario Kart
  • Driving a go-kart
  • Writing a letter of complaint
  • Flying a drone
  • Winning an award
  • Gardening
  • Birthday
  • Hedgehog
  • Pizza
  • Blanket
  • Helicopter
  • The president
  • Brightness
  • Hurricane
  • Ghost
  • Rock star
  • Haircut
  • Sick
  • Balloon
  • Hiccup
  • Hot dog
  • Braces
  • Soccer
  • Car
  • Stubbed toe
  • Cheers
  • Ladder
  • Sunshine
  • Clown
  • Light bulb
  • Dinosaur
  • Limbo
  • Swing
  • Disco
  • Dizzy
  • Paint
  • Tap dance
  • Pirate
  • Fishing
  • Reading
  • Wizard of Oz
  • River dance
  • Rainbow
  • Road bump
  • Santa Claus
  • Shadow
  • Drinking coffee
  • Going shopping
  • Deer
  • Marriage
  • Slice
  • Drool
  • Measure
  • Smear
  • Excitement
  • Mirror
  • Spider
  • Fight Club
  • Monster
  • The Lion King
  • Ant
  • Firefighter
  • Policeman
  • Motorcycle
  • Trampoline
  • Heavy
  • Pancakes

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Charades Word Game

Charades Word Game will definitely spice up your next party. Based on how complex, how easy it is to play and how drunk you will get, we give it 4.7 out of 5 stars. We hope you enjoy Charades Word Game as much as we do!

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